I bought this piano at a local estate sale a month ago.
The piano was first tuned in 1972....and once more in 1973.
This was only the third time this piano has ever been tuned!
Wally said the piano appeared to have never been played.
He was very impressed by its condition.
There wasn't even any dust inside!
He said it set a record for the 'most out of tune' piano he has ever tuned!
But now we have a beautifully tuned piano just in time for the Christmas season!!!
(I put in a $200 bid.....and was so surprised to actually get this piano! We gave our other piano to our oldest daughter, (who was wanting a piano for her house) since we bought that piano back when she was a little girl taking piano lessons....just incase we are asked to leave this piano in our house when we move.)
Unfortunately, a storm blew in when the party was just getting started and I didn't get any photos of the all the outdoor decorations.....macrame, glass grapes, mushrooms and lots of brown, gold and orange.
I hunted for 70's items for weeks!
I was thrilled to get most items for under $5 at my favorite Goodwill store.
Including this lava lamp for 99 cents!
Tiki guys for 49 cents each!
A 70's Candy Sampler brought back some memories.
Friendie (my 4 year old grandson) said the Fruit Stripe Gum smells like fruit, but tastes like cardboard....he is SO right!!!!
The cake turned out great!
(I did NOT make the cake)
I was searching for our "threads" up until the day of the party.
I made a last minute stop and found these white GoGo boots....in just my size!
My husband is wearing my Dad's old racing shirt, but the rest of our outfits came from the Goodwill for a total cost of $20....
don't we look like 100 20 bucks??? :)
Yes...that is a Mood Ring on my finger....
but I didn't need a ring to tell me that I was "Feelin Groovy"!!!!
One very, very hot day last week my Twin Sister and I went picking.
She picked some nice green and yellow beans.
Stick them in a bag and toss them in your freezer.
She did add an extra step and laid the blanched beans out on a cookie sheet and individually froze them before tossing them in a bag in the freezer. (overachiever)
Her produce was promptly taken care of.
I picked cucumbers.
Then I sat and dreaded admired them for days.
Today we FINALLY had a cooler day and I FINALLY took care of the cucumbers!
I made three different kinds of pickles.
The cucumbers I was able to pick were getting pretty big.
Last year I made a Dill Relish, which has become a family favorite.
Big cucumbers work the best for the relish.
I slice the cucumbers lengthwise and cut out all of the seeds.
Then I dice them up one by one.....NOT!
My Grandma Bonnie thought these onion choppers were the best kitchen tool.
She made sure my sisters and I each got one.
Even though I don't use it for chopping onions, I LOVE it for making relish!
If you don't have an onion chopper, you can use a food processor.
Dill Pickle Relish 4 lb cucumbers 1/4 cup pickling salt (you must use non-iodized salt or it will turn a nasty color) 1/2 tsp turmeric (I used ground) 2 cups white vinegar (5%) 1/3 cup sugar 4 cloves garlic, minced (I used the jar stuff) 1 Tbsp dill seeds 2 tsp mustard seeds 1 1/2 cups onions Scrub cucumbers and trim off ends and cut into chunks. In batches in a food processor, pulse cucumbers and onions 8 to 10 times to cut into 1/8 to 1/4″ pieces.
In a large bowl, sprinkle cucumbers with salt and turmeric. Stir in 1 cup cold water and let stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain in large sieve. Rinse under cold water and drain again, pressing out moisture. On a large saucepan bring vinegar, sugar, garlic, dill seeds and mustard seeds to a boil. Add cucumber mixture, return to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Ladle into half pint jars leaving a 1/2″ headspace. Process jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Adjust time according to altitude. Makes About: 3 pints
The smaller of the cucumbers I stuffed into jars and made my favorite
Garlic Dill Pickles
In the bottom of a quart jar:
1 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon canning salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
Dill (I used 2 teaspoons dill seed)
1/2 cup cider vinegar
Pack in cucumbers
Fill with fairly hard water
Process in hot water bath 15 min.
(I also made some chunk pickles using this recipe.....last year I made burger slices)
With the medium size cucumbers I made a batch of
8 cups sliced cucumbers
1 onion sliced
1/4 cup canning salt
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 cup vinegar
2 cups sugar
These will shrink down and then you can put them into smaller containers in your refrigerator.
I didn't put the canning supplies too far away, I am thinking next week my sister might want to borrow them....
Sometimes we can see clearly what is on the other side of the window,
other times it may be just a blur.
If you could see clearly through this window right now, you would see cobwebs. (Thankfully on the outside.) What you do see is the sweet vintage plant hanger I found for $4.00 two weeks ago....I can't believe the plant cuttings have rooted already!
I never really know what I will be blogging about.
I blog because I have some Blog Friends who actually read my ramblings.
I never make money off my blog.
I blog because I know my family is lurking....even though they rarely leave me comments. ;)
I never talk about politics.
I blog because one day I may not remember today.
My sewing blog has so very little sewing on it right now.
I wanted a simpler title to go with my simpler life.
I hope you will add yourself to my list of Friends (followers) and leave a comment once in a while.